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Waxhaw, N.C. - The American Planning Association (APA) has awarded the Town of Waxhaw a 2018 Great Places Award in the “Great Main Street” category in recognition of downtown’s businesses, events, and amenities.
Each year, the APA recognizes Great Places in North Carolina in various categories including Great Main Street, Great Transformation, and Great Historic Rehabilitation. Waxhaw’s downtown area was recognized for the historic buildings and form-based code that ensures further development maintains the town’s historic elements. In addition, the award recognized the town’s pedestrian and bicycle improvement project, which will increase the accessibility of Waxhaw’s Main Street.
“We are truly honored to receive this award and believe that it belongs to everyone who helps make downtown Waxhaw a great place,” said Waxhaw Downtown Development Manager Curt White. “The small business owners who bring life and vibrancy to downtown, the volunteers with the Town of Waxhaw Main Street Program, and the residents who help us celebrate the history and character of Waxhaw are all part of this. The Town of Waxhaw is proud to support our thriving downtown’s small businesses, and to continue to implement plans that preserve the historic context that helps underpin their success.”
White will attend the APA-NC Conference in Winston-Salem this September, presenting as a 2018 Great Places Winner on behalf of the town. White will present the best practices and lessons learned while improving the historic downtown Waxhaw area, establishing the Town of Waxhaw as a leader in downtown development.
The North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association is a group of 1,400 professional and citizen planners working to preserve and create great places throughout North Carolina. To learn more about APA, please visit apa-nc.org.